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46 minutes ago, CALDERON said:

Cove always had a poor support in the Highland League,  even at their old ground.  They are riding the crest of a wave at the moment, but the only people I know who go to games are Aberdeen fans who go when Aberdeen are away.  

At the end of the day it's a shit ground in a shit location, they may keep some momentum as long as they are successful but any period of mediocrity and they will fade away I reckon.

Nice social club though.

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2 hours ago, TxRover said:

Support can appear with success, funding covers a multitude of sins, etc…

There are any number of ways that Cove’s ascent can go off the rails, but for now they look the business as an up and comer.

Agree with both of your points and what some have echoed in here about our fan base.

Currently it's lacking in numbers and it would be inferior to all in the Championship but when we were in L2 I believe we had the highest average crowds. People of Aberdeen in my opinion would welcome a second team in the city playing at a high level. A high level I'd classify as Championship and above. Some will always just be Aberdeen fans and never set foot at Balmoral, some might come to both us and the Dons and some who went to Pittodrie as there wasn't much alternatives might switch allegiances.  There's no hatred between the sides; not so far as we're not seen as a competitor. 

I always thought that the more we continued to establish ourselves and rise, the more fans would come and I'd stick by that although COVID stalled the attendances. Conversely if we have tough times the inverse is true. Really difficult to know with certainty where our ceiling is or where the future of the club lies. A sharp rise on the field but we need to ensure we promote our club, get people coming to the games, build our ground and image. Arbroath doing it admirably. We hope to achieve along the lines of what former HL sides Caley (who were part of a merger) and County have done and steer away from the disaster that Gretna ended up as.

3 years ago we were playing against Keith, Huntly, Locos, Wick etc in the Highland League. We had players who could clearly play at a higher level (a lot of them are still with us) and higher investment that all others in the league. No club at that level has a big fan base. Most, but by no means all, supporters of these clubs are very local to the area or families of players or people involved in the club. Some of these clubs have supporters who regularly watch other sides. Sure it's the case in the Lowland League as well.

For new SPFL clubs like us it unfortunately probably takes success, and will take time, to build a true and substantial fan base. It's definitely a predicament that will face clubs rising through the pyramid. 

Championship is full of established clubs so no doubting if we get there it will be a challenge and getting to the next step might never happen. Think today we could compete with most clubs there but doesn't take much decline or mismanagement to move back down a level..

 

 

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2 hours ago, Tattie36 said:

I live in Aberdeen and don’t know one single person that would define themselves as a Cove supporter, they do exist obviously but they number in the low hundreds 3-400 tops I would say. I do know a few who go to Cove games regularly but they’re Aberdeen fans and go for either the novelty or to support another team from the city.

A question I have asked is - what happens when/if Cove start to directly compete with the Dons for players/sponsorships/local investment/fans etc?

When the sh!t hits the fan Aberdeen is very much a one (big) team city and will stay that way.

I have met a Cove Rangers supporter, so they do exist. 

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Similar to the "chair game" in Methil, Mr McGlynn won't have very far to go if he's sent off from the technical area.

However, I'm sure it won't come anywhere near to that. Well let's hope not.🤞🤫

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1 hour ago, Halbeath Raith Rover said:

Is the home end opposite, in front of the stand ? 

This section here all the way up the touchline.

I have to say, my first impressions when I went down to the ground was that 900 will be a stretch....

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7 minutes ago, CALDERON said:

This section here all the way up the touchline.

I have to say, my first impressions when I went down to the ground was that 900 will be a stretch....

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Excellent pics.

Will be interesting to see what the crowd is. I've seen a few times non league teams having a capacity on their website, but then the agreed capacity for a big game is then lower.

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13 minutes ago, Halbeath Raith Rover said:

Excellent pics.

Will be interesting to see what the crowd is. I've seen a few times non league teams having a capacity on their website, but then the agreed capacity for a big game is then lower.

https://nonleaguescotland.org.uk/banksodee.htm Has the capacity as 600 but it’s listed as 876 on Wikipedia 🤷‍♂️ 

I assume there’s only crowd on either side and nothing behind the goals. 

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8 minutes ago, San Starko Rover said:

https://nonleaguescotland.org.uk/banksodee.htm Has the capacity as 600 but it’s listed as 876 on Wikipedia 🤷‍♂️ 

I assume there’s only crowd on either side and nothing behind the goals. 

There is behind the goals to the left of the pic.

876 they told me.  Rovers in that enclosure with some behind the goals,  BOD with the rest.

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2 minutes ago, CALDERON said:

There is behind the goals to the left of the pic.

876 they told me.  Rovers in that enclosure with some behind the goals,  BOD with the rest.

Any idea what their normal crowd is? Obviously they’re NRJFA but they’re clearly playing below their level at the moment and are surely a top half Highland League club. Definitely a banana skin this match, they’ll be full of confidence and nothing to lose. 

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2 minutes ago, San Starko Rover said:

Any idea what their normal crowd is? Obviously they’re NRJFA but they’re clearly playing below their level at the moment and are surely a top half Highland League club. Definitely a banana skin this match, they’ll be full of confidence and nothing to lose. 

I'd guess in the 10s.  Nobody really watches junior football up here.  There's a shit tonne of junior teams in Aberdeen, the league carries little interest.  Casual fans would go and watch Cove or the closer HL teams.

BOD are probably a decent HL team in terms of standards.  They have beaten Formartine and Buckie in some of the regional tournaments, which the HL teams tend to take seriously.

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